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Quinn's Corner: The 12 days of Husker Christmas

Nothing like the holiday spirit this time of year
Quinn's Corner: The 12 days of Husker Christmas
Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 21:58:48-05

'Tis the season of giving, and this year, Nebraska has given their fans plenty of gifts worth celebrating. 

In the spirit of the "12 days of Christmas," here's some things the Huskers have handed out over the past few months. 

TWELVE football letters of intent (LOI) signed

The Huskers 2018 recruiting class currently sits at 11 after JUCO linebacker Will Honas threw his hat into the ring Thursday afternoon. It's widely expected that tight end Justin McGriff will sign his LOI on Friday, bringing the total to 12. 

Considering the number of hats he's currently wearing, and the amount of time he's had to put into it, Scott Frost should be commended for the way this early signing class came together. 

ELEVEN - The number worn by Husker libero Kenzie Maloney

Maloney played her best volleyball of the season during the NCAA tournament, and was at times Nebraska's best player. She finished the tournament with 13 service aces, and is a big part of why the Huskers won their fifth national title

TEN - JD Spielman (#10) 

In what was otherwise one of the darkest seasons in Nebraska football history, JD Spielman burst onto the scene in a big way. Spielman hauled in 55 catches for 830 yards, and set the school record for single game receiving yards (200 yards vs. Ohio State). 

His skill set appears to be a dream fit for Scott Frost's offense, and he was just a redshirt freshman in 2017. 

NINE wins for Nebraska women's basketball heading into Friday vs. Washington State

That's already one more than Amy Williams managed to win during a rough 2016-17 campaign. The Huskers are riding a five game winning streak, and regardless of Friday's result will enter Big Ten play in a much better spot than a year ago. 

Nebraska has battled plenty of injuries this season, but there's a lot to like about this group. Plus, they're young. Two of their top five scorers are freshman, two are sophomores, and one is a junior. 

EIGHT wins for Nebraska men's basketball

There haven't been any disasters yet for Tim Miles, and this looks like his most complete team at Nebraska. If the Huskers keep the same pace going forward, they'll find themselves squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble come March. 

SEVEN - where UCF ranked in passing offense for the 2017 season

Combined with a top-40 rushing attack (#33), the offense Scott Frost brings with him to Nebraska ranked 5th overall in 2017. Along with the bonus of being from Nebraska and winning a national title for the Huskers, Frost runs one of the most innovative and exciting offensive systems in college football. This should be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come. 

SIX point six million dollars

The approximate amount it cost to buyout Mike Riley's contract at Nebraska. As much as I liked Riley, it had become painfully clear at the end that it just wasn't working. It was time for a change, albeit a costly one. 

FIVE national titles for Nebraska volleyball

John Cook took over the machine that Terry Pettit built at Nebraska in 2000, and has been revving it up even more ever since. This year's national title run was one of the more unexpected (and entertaining) of Cook's tenure. 

FOUR-star QB recruit Adrian Martinez

He wasn't Scott Frost's first commit, but he may end up being his most important. It's far from a certainty, but there's a chance Martinez could start for Nebraska as soon as next year. He appears mature beyond his years, and fits the kind of offense Frost will want to run. 

THREE - the number worn by Nebraska volleyball setter Kelly Hunter 

She's a three-time All-American, two-time All-Big Ten selection, and now two-time national champion at Nebraska. The Papio-South prep will go down as one of the best to ever wear the uniform for John Cook. 

TWO months of Bill Moos as Nebraska's AD

It's been almost two months to the day since Nebraska announced Bill Moos as the new athletic director. Since that time, it's been hard to find many negatives in how he's led the department. 

From fielding phone calls about the temperature of the Runza's, to making one unforgettable hire - Moos has been a home run thus far for Nebraska. 

ONE native son, returning home to lead Nebraska football

If there was one gift most Husker fans wanted more than any this holiday season, it was to see Scott Frost back in Lincoln, leading the Big Red. 

That's exactly what they got. 

Happy Holidays! 


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